The former One Direction heartthrob -- known by fans as "Daddy Directioner" -- attended the Fayre of St. James' charity Christmas concert in London, England, on Tuesday. But all eyes were on his girlfriend, Cheryl Cole, whose body-hugging ensemble sparked pregnancy rumors and immediately put Directioners in a frenzy.
Payne, 23, looked dapper in a long black jacket, skinny jeans and suede boots for the star-studded evening, with Cole donning a similar black coat. The 33-year-old singer styled the chic piece with black boots and a mid-length olive green dress, which seemingly showed a peek at a growing baby bump.
Although the two have yet to officially confirm whether they're expecting, their sweet smiles (and Cole's outfit selection!) seem to say it all.
Fans of Payne took to Twitter to comment on the pics, writing things like, "Congrats my love, so happy for you!" "A massive congrats to my idol!" and "OMG, finally! Cutest.Baby.Ever." Others were heartbroken over the potential news, with one fan tweeting, "Nooooo my bae!!!!! I am not OK with this at all!"
Payne and Cole, who first met in 2008 when Payne auditioned for The X Factor, started dating in February. Shortly after confirming their relationship status with cute pics via social media, rumors began swirling that Cole was pregnant.
This would mark the first child for both Payne and Cole, and the second One Direction baby, as Payne's bandmate, Louis Tomlinson, welcomed his first child, son Freddie, with ex Briana Jungwirth in January.
Prior to the baby's arrival, Payne was one of the first 1D members to speak out on Tomlinson becoming a dad. "Well I was, quite obviously, a bit shocked, you know," Payne told British radio station Magic FM of his reaction to the surprising news last August. "But he's taken super well to it. And he's excited; he's very excited about what's going on with him at the moment."
"And sometimes stuff happens like that," he added. "And not [like] it's a small deal ... You know, he's taking it very seriously, so it's all good."
Payne's rep did not reply to a request for comment.
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